Category: Literacy

75” Clevertouch Plus

Our new 75” Clevertouch Plus interactive touchscreen display is an amazing addition to our school. This type of touchscreen display is far superior to the traditional projector-type interactive whiteboards that are used in most Irish classrooms.

This android device, with its stunning 4K Ultra HD display, is fully interactive and immediately captures the imagination and interest of every student. The simple user interface ensures that pupils of any age, most of whom are already so familiar with tablets and smartphones, can immediately engage with the Clevertouch Plus. With features such as full internet access, wireless projection, USB connection and 20-point touch, the educational opportunities are endless!

The Clevertouch Plus is built specifically for education and comes with full access to all the innovative software and educational apps available on the Cleverstore (the only cost-free and advert-free educational app store). The range of content and activities available covers all subject areas, for all age groups, and provides many exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning.

This interactive touchscreen is currently the pinnacle of the Clevertouch Plus Series, in both size and capabilities, which guarantees it will remain at the fore-front of educational technology for many years to come.

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Procedural Writing

The children have been practising their Procedural Writing skills of late.
Procedural Writing is a writing genre where you have to explain how something is done, in a series of sequenced steps i.e. writing step-by-step instructions how to complete a task.

Writing instructions on how to play your favourite game or writing a simple recipe are great ways to practise procedural writing.

Today the children had to type a list of instructions on how to make a cup of tea and how to make a slice of toast. Needless to say, the practical activities of actually doing it, and enjoying a cooled cup of tea and a nice slice of toast, really helped them to understand how important correct sequencing and concise wording is, when it comes to procedural writing.

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Pancake Tuesday

The children had great fun on Pancake Tuesday preparing, cooking and eating their delicious pancakes.
Cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children, but is also an important development tool for all ages.
Measuring out ingredients is a practical way of learning about weight and capacity in Maths.
As they follow a recipe, children organise ingredients, follow a sequence, and carry out multiple directions. Cooking is a great way to develop practical life skills.
The children also learned about the tradition behind Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday i.e. that on the day before Lent begins, Christian families would use up all their eggs, butter, milk and flour in one dish, before fasting for Lent.
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Pancakes by Filip Pancakes by Killian

World Book Day

On Thursday 2nd March we celebrated World Book Day which is aimed at promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The children were able to dress up as a character from their favourite book. We also hosted a Book Swap Party where the children were allowed to bring in old books from home and could swap them to take other books home in their place. The children had a great day discussing their favourite books and characters and everyone went home with a new book to read.

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Creative Writing

Components of Writing

The children in the senior room have been busy learning about the characteristics of
narrative writing and have been practising their writing skills in this genre.
Check out their amazing stories below!

Filip - The Mystery of Rocky
Filip – The Mystery of Rocky

Ava - Jacko’s First Achievement
Ava – Jacko’s First Achievement

Kate - Mum’s Long Day
Kate – Mum’s Long Day

Liam - Detective Dan Saves the Day
Liam – Detective Dan Saves the Day

Chloe - Rocky the Naughty Boy
Chloe – Rocky the Naughty Boy

Killian - Sam's Adventure
Killian – Sam’s Adventure

Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (1)
Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (2)
Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (3)
Isaac - A Night They Will Never Forget (4)
Isaac – A Night They Will Never Forget

 

Library Visit 1st to 6th Class

On Friday 21st of Occtober 1st to 6th class pupils from our school visited the library. We got to speak to the librarian Aine about all the different genres of books in the library and we picked out our favourite books to read over Halloween.Some of our favourite authors included David Walliams, Roald Dahl and Francesca Simon.Look at the pictures of our day.

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Junior Room visit the Library

On Friday, 7th October Mrs Galvin and Mrs Gavigan took the Junior Room on a trip to Athlone Library. When we arrived we were greeted by Áine and were given a chance to look at and read some books. Most of the children were already members of the library but some became new members on the day. After we had chosen our favourite books to borrow, Áine brought us to the story mat where she read two books, ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Doing the Animal Bop’ by Lindsey Gardiner. We had great fun pretending to be the animals in the stories. We were so happy that we could bring home some books to read and are looking forward to choosing some more when we return soon!
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